By Jean A. Flanagan
The combination of the Baker water plant’s filtration and a MIEX filtration pilot system have shown some exciting results in removing total organic carbons and dissolved organic carbons from the water system.
Hardy County Public Service District General Manager Logan Moyers presented information to the PSD board of directors at their monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13.[private]
“We started the pilot the day after our last meeting,” Moyers said. “We do testing every two weeks. We never anticipated seeing numbers like these.”
Testing shows raw water comes into the treatment facility with 6.15 – 6.33 TOC and 5.9 – 5.99 DOC. The plant filtration removes between 32.5 and 38.5 percent of TOC and 30 – 43 percent of DOC. “The EPA requires 45 percent removal,” Moyers said.
After sending the water through the MIEX system TOC drops between 51 and 54 percent and DOC drops between 50 and 61 percent.
After running the water through the MIEX and a lab simulation of the plant’s filtration the TOC drops between 66 and 77 percent and the DOC drops between 72 and 83 percent.
“Ixom, the company that provided the MIEX system, didn’t even wait until the pilot program was finished,” Moyers said. “They were so impressed with the results, they sent a draft performance guarantee a few weeks ago.”
As part of the purchase of the system, Ixom said they would provide a guarantee the system would provide organic carbon removal or they would refund the total purchase price.
Moyers said the timeline for installation of the total system was still 18 months to two years away. “We have to secure funding, get permits, get permission from the PSC before we can begin construction,” he said.
The organic material in the water at Baker has been a problem since the water treatment facility began operations in 2012. The water from the Parker Hollow Lake has the highest amount of organic material in the state.
The combination of organic material and chlorine used for treatment, produce disinfection byproducts (DBPs).
The PSD is under orders from the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health to reduce the amount of DBPs in the water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention DBPs may cause a higher risk of some cancers after long-term exposure.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has only recently began regulating DBPs.
Main Line Extensions
The final right-of-way easement for the Trough Road fire protection water line is close to being finalized. A property owner, who lives out of the country, plans to be in Moorefield in February and is willing to sign the easement.
“The family requested $1,000 for the easement, but after they saw the significant savings on their fire insurance because of the fire hydrants, they agreed to sign the easement at no cost to us,” Moyers said. “They even asked us to move the hydrant closer to the house, because it would save them more money.”
Moyers reported the survey for the Ft. Run/Dover Hollow booster station is completed and a deed will be created to purchase that piece of property.
Sewer Rate Increase
The PSD has requested a sewer rate increase for customers on the Baker sewer system. They have also requested a split tariff – one for residential and one for commercial.
“The lions share of sewer customers are commercial,” Moyers said.
The accountant from the West Virginia Public Service Commission will be in Moorefield next week to review documents regarding the request.
“We will find out by the end of January, if all goes well,” Moyers said. “The new rates could potentially go into effect in July.”
Moyers also reported the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection sent a surprise inspector to the Baker sewer plant on Nov. 15 and submitted a good report.
“We never know when they’re coming,” Moyers said. “They have their own key and they just show up and send us the report.”
Moyers said the report said, “plant is operating as designed and is extremely well maintained.”
“You’d be hard pressed to find a cleaner sewer plant than ours,” he said.
The next meeting of the Hardy County Public Service District will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 beginning at 4 p.m. The meetings are held at the PSD office, 2094 U.S. Route 220 in Moorefield. The public is invited to attend.[/private]